Y’all, I have something super fun to let you know about. Starting this month and through the rest of the spring and summer, some blogging friends and I are bringing you a virtual dinner and a movie party! We’re calling it #BlogFilmFood because, well, that’s what it’s all about–blogging, films and food. We’ve gotten to know each other through the Houston Bloggers group or when we met up at Blog Elevated and since then, we’ve been talking about how much fun it would be to meet up for a girls hangout night. But since we’re spread all over and our family’s schedules are cuh-razy, it’s easier said than done. So when Kathy over at Penney Lane Kitchen suggested we host a get together and invite our readers, we were all on board because how much fun is a party when you’ve got LOTS of friends to share it with?
So, that’s what we’re doing. Once a month (the third Friday of the month actually), we’ll choose a movie and then bring you the virtual potluck dishes to go with. We’re taking turns hosting and the hostess will choose a favorite classic film title and we’ll create recipes centered around the film. Hopefully it will inspire you to host an ACTUAL potluck with your own friends! Kathy is our first hostess and she’s chosen Steel Magnolias for our first film. What better way for a bunch of gals from the south to bond over a film and some delicious dishes to go with than this classic film?
And now I’ll introduce you to the fantastic team of bloggers I’ve joined up with to bring you this Spring and Summer Film & Food Blogging series!
◦Kathy from Penney Lane Kitchen: Celebrating life’s occasions big and small.
◦Kelley from The Grant Life: Mixing food and family.
◦Kirsten from Kirsten Oliphant: An eclectic celebration of chaos.
◦Jessica from Family Fun Journal: Fun ideas and projects for your family and home.
◦Joanie from Zag Left: Enjoying food, wine, and life. Taking the road less traveled.
◦Kristi from Mom’s Confession: Family Recipes, Simple Crafts, Organizing Tips
◦Miranda from Involuntary Housewife: Putting Pinterest to the test one mess at at time.
◦Brenda from Meal Planning Magic (that’s me!): Self taught meal planner showing ways to eat healthier, get organized and have fun along the way.
I chose to make a dessert–because I LOVE desserts and rarely make them! I immediately thought of banana pudding when Kathy suggested Steel Magnolias. Set in modern-day Louisiana, banana pudding and the south just seemed like a natural fit to me!
But wanted to make a twist on traditional banana pudding so came up with a banana pudding poke cake.
I’ve used boxed cake mix and pudding mix (as you may know, I’m normally a make it mostly from scratch kind of person) but sometimes it’s ok to do a mix! I did make real whipped cream and included fresh bananas so that’s my happy medium. It’s all about Keeping It Real, right? It is delicious if I do say so myself so I hope you’ll give it a try.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 large box instant vanilla pudding
- 4 just ripe bananas (no or few brown spots), chopped
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- vanilla wafers for garnish
- Bake cake per box instructions.
- While cake is baking, prepare pudding per box instructions. Divide into equal parts.
- Cool cake.
- Peel, slice and chop bananas. Set aside.
- Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes into cake.
- Spread half of pudding onto cake, smoothing it down into the holes.
- Mix chopped bananas with remaining pudding and spread over plain pudding layer.
- Using a mixer, whip whipped cream on high until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar until just mixed in.
- Spread whipped cream over top of pudding layer.
- Sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers over top of cake.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Garnish each slice with sliced banana and vanilla wafer if desired.
Be sure to check out everyone else’s recipes on their blogs by clicking the thumbnail photo links below. Enjoy!